Zapiro cartoon disgusting - ANCWL

Troy Martens
06 July 2012

League says cartoon is an insult to those who suffered under the indignity of Apartheid


The ANCWL condemns in the strongest possible terms the disgusting and completely distasteful depiction of the President in the latest Zapiro cartoon (see here). Jonathan Shapiro has taken his attempts at satire too far. He clearly does not understand the reasons for the public outcry over "The Spear" and why it was hurtful to so many people.

The cartoon is an insult to those who suffered under the indignity of Apartheid and a slap in the face to real efforts for the social cohesion of our fragile society. Shapiro is showing his disregard for the healing process which is currently underway in South Africa after the divisive era before democracy.

The furore created by "The Spear" is a clear indication that we still have a long way to go. The Zapiro cartoons rely on their shock value to make an impact, but by calling the President of this great nation a "dick" is unacceptable and the WL would like to know who the "we" he is referring to in the cartoon actually is, as the majority of the population who voted for the President clearly did not think this of Zuma. This cartoon is a clear attempt to fuel divisions in our society and should be condemned by all proud South Africans, regardless of race or political affiliation.

The right to freedom of expression is a right enshrined in the constitution, a constitution pioneered by the ANC, however this right is not absolute and one must always remember a founding principal of our constitution is the right to human dignity, which was denied to so many during apartheid.

The cartoon like the painting before it, is a violation of the President's right to dignity and an insult to the people of South Africa. It serves no public interest what-so-ever and was clearly just an attempt to insult and defame the President further.  Zapiro has gone from being a sometimes controversial, yet relevant satirist to a sensationalist arbiter of attention seeking proper gander released purely for its shock appeal, and serves absolutely no purpose in society.

Jonathan Shapiro has declared a hatred for South Africans with this insult to the President, of not only the ANC but the entire country. This disturbing cartoon was released the day the President will be addressing a massive delegation of women from across all sectors of society who are deeply disgusted by this terrible portrayal of our countries President.

Statement issued by Troy Martens, ANC Women's League spokeswoman, July 6 2012

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D*** or Jacob regop
What is the difference, to be called D*** or Jacob (Regop) it does not make a difference. Who was that intellectual giant from the ANC with I* of 75, who said in the Sunday Times that Bees Roux killed a man because his name is Bees? If that is the case, . .more

by Spukupuk on July 06 2012, 14:52
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....how thoughtful of you to bring this matter to the attention of the global democratic church. It might well have been overlooked had you not applied your collective ladies' minds as you have, on their behalf.

In support of the norms of . .more

by John Austin on July 06 2012, 20:04
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Troy sweetie
Do you feel like a " proper goose " :-)

by Kay on July 06 2012, 21:04
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here is proof of the real offenseiveness of the ANC
The ANC-led alliance came to power with many stated and lofty ideals. They flowed from the rhetoric of such American greats as Martin Luther King. "An injury to one is an injury to all", "Injustice anywhere is a . .more . .more threat to justice . .more . . .more

by Concerned Citizen on July 06 2012, 22:46
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The preidential P**** doing the rounds
I too have copied Zapiro's cartoon into my web of Dutch and English contacts.
Unfortunately it seems vile buffoons cannot escape their vileness not their buffoonery.

by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 22:48
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The P**** was taken from Clockwork Orange Cat Lady death.avi

by Theo Prinse on July 08 2012, 22:06
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I find the Zapiro cartoon problematic but you gotta gasp at the audacity of these ANCYLS: They have NO qualms about spewing forth the most sexist and racist bile about opposition politicians - so much so that a court finds against them... But THIS . .more

by CM on July 09 2012, 00:26
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@Troy Martens
"Those who suffered under the indignity of Apartheid" are in no way threatened by a cartoon. They are, however, being threatened by a President who is so unable to 'keep it in his pants' that he becomes the favourite subject of cartoonists such as Zapiro . .more

by Anthony Caenazzo on July 09 2012, 11:11
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I really couldn't care less what the fat tarts in the ugly league have to say, but their Dicktator is out in december. Good riddance and a long jail term. Twat.

by Zakhele. on July 09 2012, 20:08
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